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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Viola Lee

I am simply in the mood for Viola Lee. I'm sure there are threads on this, but I bet people want to tell me their favorites! The wilder the better.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Jun 29, 2010 7:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

PLEASE PLEASE give 1970-03-21 a listen. It's a pretty nice aud and it's my all-time favorite VLB (> cumberland blues). The crescendo is unbelievable.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-21.early.lee.pcrp.20184.sbeok.shnf

The rest of the show is great too, probably one of my top 5 for the year.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 30, 2010 5:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

I will, I'm gonna work through 'em in order ... thanks again.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jul 1, 2010 12:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

haha yeah man that's the best approach, just work through em all starting in 66. TDIH features one of those short raw ones, 7/1/66, that I've always liked. My favorites will probably always be 3/18/67, 8/4/67 (or is that 8/5?), and 11/10/67.

Somehow I never got around to checking out that early show from 3/20/70 until just a few months ago, got on a big aud/1970 kick and finally got around to it. I gotta agree, that is a bit of an overlooked little gem of a set.


If you're into the more modern versions (I'm not all that hot on them, but some are cool), try Phil and Friends, St. Louis, 7/10/01. They sandwich it throughout the second set, playing it a total of 4 times, one of which includes a nice Eleven jam. Don't neglect the opening Alligator>Sugaree, and the first set jam with Weir.

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Poster: Hal R Date: Jun 30, 2010 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

thanks for bringing up this topic, always have loved this one, got some good listening ahead today, always thought that Viola Lee rarely gets the attention it deserves

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 29, 2010 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

Yes , another Ken & Judy Lee , Capitol Theater recording . Yummy

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

Try this one out:

"Recorded on September 20, 1928 presumably in Memphis. The lineup is the same as on "Minglewood Blues," only Noah Lewis sings. The line "ain't got a jail sentence, you must be Nashville bound," refers to the common practice in the South at that time of sometimes not sentencing black men who were arrested for certain crimes. Rather, they would often be sent to places where they had to work very hard, which was often worse than a jail sentence."

http://www.archive.org/details/Viola

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 30, 2010 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

That was really something! Thanks

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

Rut - Row , I did not know of the 78RPMs & Cylinder Recording section . My GD listening time has just shrunk .

jg , Thank -you for opening curtain # 2

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 29, 2010 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

If you're only looking at the Grateful Dead stuff you're barely scratching the surface of the treasures that are here. Be sure to report back and let us know what goodies you unearth. Happy listening!

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 29, 2010 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

This is my favorite, really hot jamming, and the plug being pulled on the instruments before the final verse leaving them do sing acapella is the icing on the cake:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-04-06.sbd.fm.cotsman.9492.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 30, 2010 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

awesome version, up there with big daddy Harpur...hilarious how they finish off the last line anyways...

it would be interesting to scrap together all their "un-plugged" moments...same thing happens during morning dew from vault 2...08-24-1968

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jun 29, 2010 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

My favorite is probably from sometime in early 68, but I second the recommendation of this one, which I was just enjoying on a drive yesterday.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jun 29, 2010 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

9-3-67 - Rio Nido Dance Hall, Sonoma County

http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-09-03.sbd.backus.17272.sbeok.shnf

I always find myself reaching for this one. Lots of water under this bridge at over 22 minutes.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 29, 2010 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

I'm totally amazed that no one has mentioned the April 26 1969 performance on Fallout From the Phil Zone. (You do have that, don't you? Don't you?) That one gets the thumbs up from the dynamic trio...

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=187840

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jun 29, 2010 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

I am also surprised that the one from Dick's Picks 8, Harpur College on 5/2/70, didn't get a mention either.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-06-30 04:21:42

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Poster: Street Pig ! Date: Jun 29, 2010 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-11-10.sbd.sacks.1612.sbeok.shnf gooey and just primal all around

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 30, 2010 1:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

I was hoping someone was going to mention this one. Surprised at no mention of 3/18/67??? Those 2 are my favorites. I prefer the 66/67's over the 69-70's. Not that they're BAD by ANY means. I just like the earlier ones better.

It's funny how we all are about our "favorite" versions of these things, isn't it?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 30, 2010 1:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

One of my favs as well - I love the whole show . I like the earlier versions as well .

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 29, 2010 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

Thanks everyone. I didn't have time to listen this afternoon after all, but will tomorrow.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

If you've never listened to this, it's got to be the best fly-on-the-wall experience I've found. The band is learning Viola Lee, and there's a whole lot of frank banter. Bobby says it's hard to play rhythm guitar and sing at the same time. Phil says he's trying to learn to sing.

Pigpen is too drunk to get it, and ends up leaving, though Bobby worries that he's too drunk to drive. Phil threatens to smash a bottle over his head next time he shows up like that. Jerry is Jerry, and talks about Viola Lee being a cool song. They practice a bunch (sounding very good, frankly, for such a new band -- heck, I'd have sat there and listened!!!) and then jam out.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd66-01-xx.sbd.hanno-uli.18846.sbeok.shnf

I'd date it to the first week of February, 1966, or the last few days of January. The reason is that Phil says they have to go to LA on Saturday to do "the thing," which I think would have to be the gig at the Unitarian Church the week before the Watts acid test. (It was on a Sunday, but they'd have probably traveled on a Saturday, and wouldn't have said "go to LA" if they were already in LA.)

Before that, all the gigs are in SF, and after that, they start to play it at shows. So that's my historical detective theory -- first week of Feb or last few days of Jan, 1966, which I guess would be about a month after they got the name the Grateful Dead, right? Neat, neat stuff.

So, if you haven't heard it yet, enjoy :-)

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

Thanks! I think I have listened to this before but it will be fun to hear it again.

>Phil says he's trying to learn to sing.

LOL, good luck with that Phil.

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Poster: Street Pig ! Date: Jun 29, 2010 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-21.sbd.ashley.89717.vobf after a Grate show, a classic ending into feedback. I also concurr with all the other posters picks grate song!

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Jun 29, 2010 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

My favorite has got to be 2/2/68, one of the all time greatest trainwrecks ever

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 29, 2010 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Viola Lee

Yes, I love that one!

Oh, here's the link:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-02-02.sbd.jools.15801.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-06-29 22:02:21